Nine months ago, The Fresh Market confirmed a new Northland store at 8550 N.E. Flintlock Road in the Shoppes at Shoal Creek. The location is still listed on the company’s website but a company spokesperson said “We no longer intend to move forward with the project.” Baja Betty’s Mexican Grill has opened at 4701 N.E. Vivion Road.
Ward Parkway Center will break ground Thursday for its new “south end restaurant district,” on the site of the former Dillard’s and parking garage. It is in final negotiations with four of five planned restaurants: Charleston’s, The Garage, MidiCi, and Ted’s Escondido Cafe. Each restaurant will have a patio and the project also will include a pedestrian plaza with firepits and fountains.
Kansas City, Kan.’s Indian Springs Marketplace, circa 1971, is being demolished to make way for new development. Demolition of Olathe’s Great Mall of the Great Plains is set to begin by June but original tenant Burlington plans to continue to operate on the site.
Area restaurants with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: Becky’s Brats in KCK, Big Daddy's Chicken & Fish, BRGR Kitchen + Bar in Prairie Village, Cracker Barrel in Olathe, Drunken Fish in Leawood, El Mercado Fresco, Fortune Wok, Fuel Expresso in Shawnee, Grinders in Lenexa, Hy-Vee in Shawnee, In & Out, and Texas Tom’s on Independence Ave.
The retail, office and residential center, at the northwest corner of Interstate 29 and Barry Road, is for sale. Eastdil Secured had the listing. It also was the listing agent for the Country Club Plaza, which recently sold for $660 million.
The New Albany, Ohio-based chain announced the closing of 27 restaurants. Twenty-one of the locations, including the two area restaurants, are in company-owned buildings and closed over the weekend. The other locations are in leased buildings and expected to close in 2017.
JoyceKC Notebook items: The landlord for Magnolia’s Contemporary Southern Bistro is seeking back rent and possession of the property. LaBruzzo’s Sweet Oven closed in the River Market in early March but the landlord is in negotiations with a new tenant.
Many readers responded to my recent column on how first-time homebuyers can avoid purchasing a money pit. Their suggestions ranged from hiring a real estate attorney to scoping out the potential new neighborhood in the late-night hours.
Zaxby’s has softly opened near Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. More metro locations are planned. Victoria’s Secret will open a store in the Legends Outlets Kansas City, taking the current Brooks Brothers Factory Outlet space. Brooks Brothers will move to a new space next door to its current space in mid-May.
Omaha’s PepperJax Grill is rolling out one of its food trucks in Kansas City, serving a limited menu of made-to-order Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and french fries. Also, The Point has agreed to give up its 3 a.m. license because of “multiple ordinance violations.”
Area food establishments with 7 or more priority or critical health code violations: McKeever’s Price Chopper in Lenexa, Bob Evans Farms in KCK, Red Dragon, Coach’s on 103rd, Malay Cafe, Chick-fil-A at Ward Parkway Center, Jubaland Grill, Luna Azteca, Olive Garden in KCK, Sweet T’s Soul Food, Westport Cafe and Bar, Children’s Mercy Park, Embassy Suites on 43rd, Extra Virgin, Houlihan’s on Boardwalk, KC Smoke Burger, 64 Tavern & Grill, and Snappy Store.
JoyceKC notebook items: Stockyards Brewing, in part of the former Golden Ox space in the West Bottoms, will have three beers on tap starting at noon Friday; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has set openings for three area restaurants; Specialty retailer Rue21 set to open in Independence Center on Thursday.
Dozens of contenders for the 2016 award have been narrowed to 10. The companies were chosen based on their growth or sustainability, outstanding employee relations and outstanding service to their community. The winner will be announced May 25 at the Small Business Awards luncheon.